Michael Sam, who was just released from the St. Louis Rams, is joining the Dallas Cowboys. More from LGBTQ Nation:
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Temple University’s football team will honor Lewis Katz, the millionaire businessman and university benefactor, with stickers on team helmets this year.
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Under the late, lamented Joe Paterno, the players for Penn State football never had their names on the back of their jerseys. JoePa was old-school and believed in team victories more than individual recognition.
His successor, Bill O’Brien, altered that tradition — a way to recognize players who stuck with the program through the depths of NCAA sanctions.
Now James Franklin has arrived. Which tradition is he choosing? The Patriot-News reports:
With all the news surrounding Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons, there has arguably been no better time for Philadelphia youth in sports. Maybe that’s why ESPN has chosen to run “Hell Week” all week during Sports Center.
The documentary spotlights an annual camp where football teams from across the country gather to train for their next season. Each year Dick’s Sporting Goods teams with Tribeca Digital Studios to offer a behind-the-scenes look at individual teams and athletes as they push through a week of preparation, and this time around the spotlight is on Philadelphia’s Martin Luther King High School football team, the Cougars.
Salon reports that conservative columnist Michael Taube has proposed — probably tongue-in-cheek — renaming Washington’s NFL team from “Redskins” to “The Reagans.” We endorse this immediately.
Democrats want Washington’s NFL team to change its name. The Redskins‘ owner, Mr. Snyder, is the only person who can rightfully do this. Hence, if he chooses to comply and pays homage to a Republican president in the process, they’re stuck with it. Any further complaints would smack of political partisanship.
There’s nothing like seeing your rival handed a humiliating defeat — even deep in the off-season — so this one’s for you Eagles fans: An appeal board has canceled the “Redskins” trademark of the Washington Redskins.
You know. Because it’s racist.
The NFL Draft will expand beyond Radio City Music Hall in 2015, but officials say it probably won’t be to Philadelphia. The league has apparently narrowed its short list of new draft locations to Chicago, Los Angeles — where, ahem, no team exists — or … a different venue in New York. That’s out-of-the-box thinking.
“We are in a wait-and-see approach,” Philadelphia Sports Congress executive director Larry Needle said. “But we are not optimistic.”
AP reports: “A Bills fans club recently founded to keep the NFL team in western New York has started an online petition to ban songs by Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rocker has been linked to a Toronto-based developer interested in purchasing a franchise and moving it to Canada’s largest city.”
Huge sports news, especially on this night in Philly, when the Philadelphia Soul is hosting America’s first pro-football LGBT-awareness game. Michael Sam has been drafted by the St. Louis Rams, making him the nation’s first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL. More from the New York Times.